Top 20 Home Inspection Photos from 2014

-   Sometimes we make a game out of the photos, asking what’s wrong in the photo. We share our favorite home inspection photos on our Facebook page and our Google+ Page with a feature we started back in 2009, called the Photo of the Day.  Enjoy!.  Other times, the defects are quite obvious.  I’ve poured over all of our photos from the past year, and I’ve put together the Top 20 home inspection photos from the past year. ..More

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Star Tribune Article from 6/18/2000 featuring Barry Eliason

- Along the way, one of life’s necessities – water – became a villain. Meanwhile, new engineered wood products, typically sheets of wood chips and glue, replaced traditional wood boards for construction. Builders began constructing tighter houses to reduce energy costs and make houses more comfortable. . A critical change in the way houses are built came in response to the energy crisis of the 1970s ..More

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Why Home Inspectors Should Know Building Codes

-  The upcoming seminar will cover the most important parts of these changes.  Minnesota currently uses the 2006 International Building Code (IRC), but we’ll soon be adopting the 2012 IRC, and with that will come a lot of changes. . In last week’s blog post I mentioned that there is an upcoming seminar for Minnesota home inspectors, being taught by building code guru Douglas Hansen of Code Check ..More

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Attention Minnesota Home Inspectors: ASHI Heartland Chapter is Back

-  I have volunteered to take the position of president, and the board members made it official this summer.  I’ve been a member of ASHI for a little over ten years now, and I’m looking to get the local ASHI chapter back up and running. . The local chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), called the Heartland Chapter, has been largely defunct for the last couple of years ..More

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Minnesota Stucco Repairs: Case Study #1, Minimal Repairs

- The main benefit with this type of repair is cost; these types of repairs will typically cost 30% – 40% of what a full tear off and redo would be. . The theory/risk proposition with a retrofit repair is that the areas that have performed over the past ten to fifteen years will probably continue to perform, even though it may not be an ideal installation ..More

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